Viarco Color Add pencils

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From Gantinova we received a set of Viarco colouring pencils for testing and writing a review on. For this we want to thank Gantinova very much.

Achterkant verpakking

Information on the internet: The ColorAdd is a project developed with the aim of colourblind allow proper identification of the colors and limit constraints and exclusion that they are vetoed by the inability to distinguish. The ColorAdd is an extremely intuitive symbolic language, where from the primary colors and their combination is build the whole palette of colors / code. Pencil 18cm, 6.9mm, 2.3mm

When I got to review these pencils I was very curious. There are a lot of people that are colour-blind, and can’t colour because of it. These pencils work with symbols. You only have to link the colour to a symbol and you can start colouring. I’m going to see whether I can remember that easily and how they colour of course. I myself am very curious.

Uitleg kleuren

As you can see in the picture there are symbols on the pencils. These symbols represent a colour. For people who are colour-blind colouring isn’t easy I think. We look at the colour of a pencil, but when you aren’t able to do so, how will you know which pencil to use? Viarco from Portugal has come up with a solution. The Coloradd colouring pencils.


First I coloured a mandala. It appealed to me immediately. As I started colouring I noticed right away that the pencils are nice and soft, with beautiful soft and bright colours. The pencils deliver the pigment nicely, using low pressure as well as high pressure. I tried to work in layers on this design. This went well. So well that I didn’t even get my Koh-I-Noor blender pencil out. The pencils went over the paper very well. I’m very pleased with the result.

plaat potlood 1

The second design I coloured comes from the booklet Kleur in ’t klein from Denksport. In this book the pencils also coloured nicely. And again the pigment and colour got on the paper very well. Whether you use high pressure or low pressure, the colours get on the paper well and beautifuly either way. On this design I did use the Koh-I-Noor pencil, because I wanted to see whether this would work too. And it did work very well. These pencils can be blended with a blenderpencil very well.

plaat potlood 2 zonder flits

Conclusion : I’m pleasantly surprised with these pencils. A big plus anyway that there are pencils on the market for people who are colour-blind. In that way everyone can relax and colour. I thought the pencils coloured very nicely. Their colours are nice and soft and they deliver the pigment well using high pressure as well as low pressure. I for one am completely enthousiastic about them.If there ever comes a large set available, I would love to get it. Not because I’m colour-blind, but because they colour lovely. I’m very pleased with these pencils.

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These pencils are also available at Teken en Schilderoutlet.

This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.

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